Mannitol is a sugar which is commonly found in various plants. Mannitol is a natural sweetner and can be used as an anti-cakeing agent. Mannitol does not promote tooth decay. Mannitol is used to push more liquid through your kidneys and bladder. Mannitol is also called sugar alcohol. Mannitol is about 50% as sweet as sucrose and has a desirable cooling effect often used to mask bitter tastes. Mannitol is non-cariogenic and has a low caloric content. Mannitol is suitable for ingestion and has been used safely around the world for over 60 years. Mannitol does not pick up moisture. For this reason, Mannitol is often used as a dusting powder for chewing gum to prevent the gum from sticking to manufacturing equipment and wrappers. Mannitol is also used in chocolate-flavored coating agents for ice cream and confections. Mannitol has a high melting point of 165-169o C, and Mannitol has a pleasant taste. Mannitol does not discolor at high temperatures, which makes mannitol ideal for use in pharmaceuticals and nutritional tablets. Mannitol is very beneficial to people with diabetes. When mannitol is used, the rise in blood glucose and demand for insulin is much less than would be experienced after sucrose ingestion.
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